Call Me When It’s Over

While Call Me By Your Name is a beautifully crafted piece of cinema, its story is ultimately empty and unfulfilling, and would’ve better served as a 20 minute video tour of Northern Italy. Combined with such problematic casting, it makes for a story that just didn’t need to be told.

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Björk, Yaeji, and the Aesthetic Concept of Ma

I am a deeply impractical person, and formerly a chubby, manga-obsessed middle-schooler, which means I’ve long been obsessed with the Japanese art of ikebana, or flower arrangement. It fascinates me for a variety of reasons (its position as an ideal pursuit for generals and accomplished warriors, its spiritual components, its dense, specific visual vocabulary, the fact that I’m a swishy brat who loves flowers) but the aspect of the practice that I’m most fascinated with is its adherence to the aesthetic concept of ma.

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A Frank and Fabulous Looking Freak Show

As with a lot of its indie, queer film cousins, the strength of a movie like Freak Show lies in its heart. Based on the young adult novel of the same name by former club kid and current World of Wonder bon vivant James St. James, it’s an earnest story that makes up for its lack of surprises with a star studded cast and an excellent performance from The Imitation Game’s Alex Lawther.

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